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Social Media and Modern Politics

Posted by [email protected] on April 5, 2019 at 12:10 AM Comments comments (0)

By Patrick Healy

        With the advent of social media’s explosion of popularity among various demographics came a nearly simultaneous desire to use it to advertise various products to the masses. It has grown ever more profound with businesses large and small, as well as among politicians looking to attract potential and recurring voters to rally behind them. This effect has become so profound overtime that political elections are even sometim...

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United States Withdrawal from UNHRC: bad move or bad timing?

Posted by [email protected] on June 25, 2018 at 5:45 AM Comments comments (0)

By Lucia Lombardo

On June 19, the United States stated it would drop out of the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) after months of American attacks against the body. US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley stated the US reasoning behind the sudden move was due to “chronic bias” against Israel by the Council. This move was seen as unfortunate but not surprising from many US allies and other members of the UNHRC, as President Trump and Haley had th...

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The Rohingya: A Case for Genocide

Posted by [email protected] on June 7, 2018 at 6:05 AM Comments comments (0)

By Lucia Lombardo

Introduction and History

The Rohingya people are a historically persecuted group of Muslims living in Myanmar. Since 1962, their rights have been stripped away piece by piece by the government of Myanmar until 2015 when violence against the people intensified. This violence has cemented the Rohingya as the largest group of stateless people in the world today. Until this point international organizations and countries have stopp...

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EU-Moroccan Relations: The Western Sahara Issue and Democratic Reform

Posted by [email protected] on March 28, 2018 at 8:50 AM Comments comments (0)

By Hiba Senhaj


The European Court of Justice ruled on February 27 on the very controversial case of the EU-Morocco fishery debate. The most disputed question was the issue of the Western Sahara territory being included in the agreement. The UN regards the Western Sahara was a “non-self-governing territory” and according to international law, Morocco has an illegal occupation of the Western Sahara. The European Court of Justice ruled that...

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Northern Ireland: EU benefits and the impact of the "Brexit"

Posted by [email protected] on March 27, 2018 at 4:20 AM Comments comments (0)

By Žygimantas Burnickas

Northern Ireland is a net beneficiary region of the EU and is deeply impacted by the cohesion funding. The 2014-20 multiannual financial framework (MFF) has allocated around 835 million euro to Northern Ireland. There are four main programmes implemented in order to support Northern Ireland’s development: 1.PEACE 2.INTERREG 3.Rural Development 4.ERDF. Their main aim is to strengthen social inclusion, environment protection, small and medium...

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Reinvigorating NATO: The need for increased multilateral defense efforts in the 21st century Europe

Posted by [email protected] on November 21, 2017 at 4:40 AM Comments comments (0)

By Jason D'Antonio

On 26 December 1991, the free world had won. Mikhail Gorbachev, the eighth and final Soviet premiere, had resigned and the USSR dissolved into the records of history. As the world breathed a sigh of relief following the collapse of the USSR, countries (especially the United States and in Europe) began to adjust for a post-Cold War world. One of de-escalation, economic development and liberalization, reconstruction of diplomatic relationships, and above all...

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The EU needs Turkey

Posted by [email protected] on October 27, 2017 at 6:05 AM Comments comments (0)

By Simas Kojelė

On the 24th of September the Federal elections of Bundestag occurred in Germany. In the period of the election campaign, candidates discussed many different topics: migration, social policy, economic growth, the future of the European Union, the future of military forces and defence budget, etc. Regarding the agenda of foreign policy, one of the most important issues was Turkey, and Turkey’s relations with Germany and European Union. Turkey was a huge obj...

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The Fate of the Union

Posted by [email protected] on September 15, 2017 at 5:25 AM Comments comments (0)

By Olexander Horin

When it was announced on the 24 June 2016, that the United Kingdom had voted to leave the European Union, an air of unease set itself down over the fate of the Union. The sentiment of British solidarity, repeated time and time again by Nigel Farage and the Leave campaign, over an unwillingness to let unelected bureaucrats in Brussels dictate the politics and people of the United Kingdom, had won. An unprecedented event, which many had thought just the night before as ...

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Turkey: Backsliding to Authoritarianism?

Posted by [email protected] on June 29, 2017 at 10:20 AM Comments comments (0)

by Meghan Lowther

Less than four years ago, Turkey was hailed by the West as a democracy that, despite its flaws, was becoming stronger in an era of tensions with the Middle East and East-West conflicts. Today, that faith has been almost singlehandedly unravelled by President Erdogan, who has taken it upon himself to systematically dismantle a number of democratic systems to bolster his own power.

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More Diplomacy, More Humanity: The European Union Approach in Dealing with the Migration Crisis

Posted by [email protected] on June 29, 2017 at 4:15 AM Comments comments (0)

by George Shadrack Kamanda

Do you remember when our television screens and newspapers were full of pictures of migrants struggling and dying trying to get to Europe? We saw families carrying children, pushing aged relatives in a wheelchair from mile after mile. People pressing through border crossings or trying to board cramp trains. They were horrifying images of shipwrecks, wretched people from the sea, and bodies of those who c...

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